Do you want to refresh your look or get rid of migraines? Then Botox is the perfect solution for you! Most people associate Botox with a younger look, but few know that this substance also helps in treating chronic issues, such as migraines.
From a cosmetic point of view, Botox injections are the quick and safe solution to soften or even remove wrinkles and expression lines around the mouth, eyes, eyebrows and chin for an extended period of time. It is a preventive measure used to slow down the aging process. Botox relaxes the injected muscles and hinders the use of them, preventing or at least delaying lines from developing.
From an aesthetic point of view, Botox can be used to:
- Smooth fine lines and wrinkles on the face
- Improve the appearance of a double chin or goiter
- Lift the corners of the mouth
- Smooth cheeks
- Correct a gingival (gummy) smile
- Reduce dark circles.
Botox injection does not require hospitalization or anaesthesia. It is done with a thin needle, with discomfort being minimal and short-lived. We inject about two units of the toxin in three to five places, at a distance of one to two centimeters. Multiple injections can be given in a single session, but this is determined by the specialist only.
Botox is generally distributed over an area of 1.5 cm around the stinging point, and the results are visible in about a week and a half after the intervention. Its effects last three to six months. After that, we need to repeat the treatment or wrinkles will reappear.
How does Botox work?
Botulinum toxin (Botox) is a purified substance, derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin injections work by temporarily weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking the action of certain nerves. Specifically, botulinum toxin injections block nerve signals from the muscle into which the substance has been injected, so that the muscle is no longer able to contract. The end result is the reduction of unwanted facial wrinkles and the improvement of appearance.
Therapeutic Botox treatment for chronic migraines
Specialists refer to chronic migraines when a patient has 15 or more headache days a month that last 4 hours a day or longer. Botox injections are among the newest and most modern treatments for migraines as they block the pain and help the muscles relax. It is proven that Botox prevents on average 8 to 9 migraine days in a month, and it has been shown to work even in cases where traditional treatments, such as painkillers, have had no effect. Botox treatments are given once every 3 months or every 12 weeks. Injections take about 15 minutes and are done right at your favourite dentist office, Pacifica Dental.
Frequently Asked Questions
For those of you interested in Botox injections, here are the most frequently asked questions and answers:
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin type A is a substance that reduces muscle contractions. Since the 1970s, doctors have used botulin toxin to treat nerve blinking or strabismus (crossed eyes) in children.
What areas can be treated?
Botox is generally used on the upper floor of the face. The most common areas are forehead wrinkles, vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows and wrinkles in the corner of the eye. It can be used also around the mouth and on the chin, but it will affect the smile.
Does Botox have other aesthetic uses?
Botox can also be used in the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). When injected topically into problem skin, botulinum toxin blocks nerve fibers that stimulate the sweat glands, resulting in the inhibition of sweating. Because it is not injected deeply, there is no risk of injuring the muscles.
Are botulinum toxin injections painful?
The injections are not painful, but if some patients are more sensitive to pain, then it is recommended to apply a cream with an anaesthetic before the procedure.
On average, how long does a Botox treatment session last?
The injections are done in a few minutes, but before that a careful analysis of the patient’s wrinkles and muscles is needed to have the best possible results and to give the skin a more natural look.
What is the fee of such a procedure?
Depending on the area injected and the amount used, the price of such a session may vary.
What side effects should we expect after a Botox injection?
Normally, these injections should have no side effects. However, allergic reactions may occur where an allergy test has not been done before starting the treatment. Also, in some cases, the patient may experience a drop in the eyebrow. Injections administered by a trained professional will avoid this side effect.
Are there any contraindications to applying Botox treatment?
If the standard amount of injected substance is observed, it is very unlikely that any contraindications will occur. However, there are some cases in which Botox injection is not recommended:
- people with mental disorders;
- people with neurological diseases;
- people with neuromuscular disorders;
- people with disorders caused by certain brain tumors;
- pregnant and lactating women.
What is the Botox dose that should not be exceeded?
Botulinum toxin will be injected with a fine needle into the desired area. Depending on the treated area, between 4 and 10 injections are required. The full effect of Botox treatment is not visible for 3-7 days.
How long does the effect of the Botox treatment last?
As Botox is slowly metabolized by the body, the treatment lasts on average between 3-6 months. In order to maintain the effects of Botox, a new injection will be needed after this period to keep the skin looking smooth.
What happens if we stop treatment?
We will return to our natural appearance and wrinkles will begin to reappear.
Pacifica Dental specialists have been trained to use Botox injections both for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. They can help you choose the treatment that best suits your needs and desires. All you need to do is give us a call and schedule an appointment.